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Bourque on shelf
Sprained knee will keep defenseman out of Game 5
Posted: Friday May 05, 2000 03:48 PM
DENVER (Ticker) -- The Colorado Avalanche go for the clincher, but again will be without star defenseman Ray Bourque tonight when they host the Detroit Red Wings in Game Five of their Western Conference semifinal series.
Already nursing a bruised left foot, Bourque suffered a sprained knee in the second period of Game 3 on Monday and did not play in Colorado's 3-2 overtime win at Detroit on Wednesday. The Avalanche lead the series, three games to one.
After a team practice on Thursday, Avalanche coach Bob Hartley ruled Bourque out for tonight's game.
"Ray is improving, but he will not play in Game 4," Hartley said.
Bourque, 39, has six assists in eight playoff games for the Avalanche. Jon Klemm and rookie Martin Skoula played extra minutes on the backline in Bourque's absence.
Bourque spent his entire 21-year career with the Boston Bruins before he was traded to Colorado on March 6. He is a five-time Norris Trophy winner as the league's top defenseman but never won a Stanley Cup and accepted a trade to a contender in an effort to win an elusive championship.
After the trade, the Avalanche went 11-2-1 as Bourque contributed eight goals and five assists. Colorado beat the Phoenix Coyotes, four games to one, in the first round of the playoffs.
Bourque was selected to his record-tying 18th consecutive All-Star Game earlier this season.
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